Indian badminton may be basking in glory with Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal winning the China Open but chief coach Pullela Gopichand warned that it would be difficult to produce next level of world-class shuttlers if the country fails to attract great coaches.
India's campaign in the Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after young shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a three-game loss to top seed Chen Long of China in the semifinals of the men's singles event of the USD 350,000 event, here.
India's campaign in the women's singles of the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was stunned by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth posted contrasting victories to enter the quarterfinals of the women's and men's singles competition respectively in the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series in Kowloon here on Thursday.
Owing to his recent title victory at the China Open in Fuzhou, Kidambi Srikanth climbed up six places to achieve a career-best 10th in the men's singles category of the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday.
Newly-crowned China Open champion Kidambi Srikanth continued his giant-killing spree, while teen sensation P V Sindhu too started her campaign on a winning note at the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series in Kowloon here on Wednesday.
Overnight sensation Kidambi Srikanth will try to write more positive headlines for badminton this week in Hong Kong after he shocked the great Lin Dan in the China Open final -- just months after a meningitis scare.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated K Srikanth and Saina Nehwal for creating history at the China Open Super Series badminton and promised complete support in their endeavour for winning many more titles.
Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal may have hit global headlines with their big wins against China's superstars of badminton but sadly they have not made it into the state-run Chinese media, which played down their herculean achievement.
Fresh from their sensational title triumphs in China, India's top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth will now train their guns on the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Open Super Series which gets underway with the qualifiers in Kowloon on Tuesday.
Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand Sunday said the feat of his two proteges -- Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth -- winning the China Open Super Series Premier titles is "fantastic for Indian badminton".
India's leading shuttler Saina Nehwal clinched the women's singles title of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier but compatriot Kidambi Srikanth grabbed all the headlines by pulling off the biggest upset of his career when he beat two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan to win the men's singles title here Sunday.
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stood just one win away from clinching her maiden China Open title after she stormed into the finals of the USD 700,000 Super Series Premier tournament here on Saturday.